Costs

Tuition fee

The tuition fee to enroll into Oceans & Lakes is the same for all students (EEA and non-EEA)

The tuition fee consists of a fixed amount and a variable amount:

  • the fixed amount is a fixed cost which is paid once per academic year: 253,60 €
  • the variable amount is a specific amount per ECTS credit in the  students' year programme: 12,10 € per ECTS

The tuition fee = the fixed amount + (the variable amount x the number of registered ECTS credits).

For example for one year with 60 ECTS, the fee will be 979,60 € per year.

For more details see here

Living costs and other expenses

Next to the VUB tuition fee (which includes the UGent- and UAntwerpen-tuition fee), students should provide at least 1000,- EUR per month. In total, the recommended minimum amounts to provide are :

  • One-year programme : aprox. 10.200 EUR - 10.750 EUR
  • Two-year programme : aprox. 20.000 EU

For a detailed description of monthly expenses see here

Field courses

Students should take into consideration the costs in the first master year for field courses: 620 euro in total (this total amount can be subject to change, see course file description of field courses)

Transport costs

Lastly, students must also take into consideration costs for transport between the 3 universities. Train tickets will cost you about €2500 to €5000 for the 2 years of the programme. The exact amount also depends on your age, your major, the location of your thesis topic, your location etc.
More info about train ticket options for students:
For students under 26 years old:
Seasonal tickets (limitless on same trajectory within certain period): https://www.belgiantrain.be/en/tickets-and-railcards/students-season-ticket
--> For a ticket for 12 months between Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp, you pay around €1000 (for a full year); exact info and amount to be asked at NMBS/SNCB station.
Campus card (2-3 weeks per week on same trajectory): https://www.belgiantrain.be/en/tickets-and-railcards/campus
--> Each train ride costs around €1,50.
For students over 26 years old:
Standard abonnement (limitless on same trajectory within certain period): https://www.belgiantrain.be/en/tickets-and-railcards/section-season-ticket
--> For a ticket for 12 months between Ghent, Brussels and Antwerp, you pay around €2600 (for a full year); exact info and amount to be asked at NMBS/SNCB station.

! Important note: you might be entitled to half-price rail travel ('preferential reimbursement ticket'). Please check your status with your Belgian national insurance (e.g. Partena). They will provide you with the necessary documents to apply for it.